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Virtual moments : social and spatial histories re-imagined in a video installation by Stan Douglas

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Virtual moments : social and spatial histories re-imagined in a video installation by Stan Douglas

Jovanovic, Stefan (2002) Virtual moments : social and spatial histories re-imagined in a video installation by Stan Douglas. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This study focuses on a single work within the oeuvre of the Canadian artist Stan Douglas, the two-channel video installation Win, Place or Show (1998). This piece is constructed as an infinitely-looping counterfactual narrative, set in a modernist social-housing unit in late-1960s Vancouver that was never in fact built. Two dockworkers inhabiting a cramped one-bedroom unit in this imaginary setting repeatedly argue, fight and reconcile, while our view of this action--filmed from twelve different camera angles--is randomized by a computer in real time as the story unfolds and repeats. My study will consider this work within a twofold problematic; firstly, the themes and strategies that form the work's conceptual basis will be examined and situated within an art-historical context, with respect to their correspondences within the whole of Douglas's body of work and the broader context of Vancouver-based photo-conceptual practices over the past several decades. Subsequently, the work will be analyzed within a range of theories respecting the concepts of space, time and their relation to the construction of narrative and visual culture, and by extension, to the production of everyday consciousness.

Divisions:Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Jovanovic, Stefan
Pagination:vi, 78 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:School of Graduate Studies
Date:2002
Thesis Supervisor(s):Asselin, Olivier
ID Code:1774
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:22
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:22
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